Are You New Here?
Have you ever had to start over? Change jobs? Move to a new location? Have you had to start again in new community? Try to build new relationships? Do you remember the feelings that you had during that time?
“Will this work out? I don’t have any friends! Who even knows or cares about me? I don’t feel like I belong. Where’s the grocery store?”
Now imagine trying to adapt in a place with a different language, different culture, different EVERYTHING.
Many other-culture people in your very own city, town, even neighborhood are experiencing these feelings right now. She is wondering how to find familiar foods to cook for her family. He is trying to read culture cues at work so that he can succeed and provide. Her child is looking for a friendly face to sit next to at lunch. They want to laugh and share life with friends but don’t know where to start.
You could be the one to welcome, to encourage, to guide through this tough transition time. You could be the key to their inclusion, understanding and belonging. We’re the other-culture people here. We are sincerely grateful for each smile, dinner and invite we receive. Never underestimate the power of even one kind act.
Look around. Other-culture people have rich experiences to share. You have cultural information they need. It’s win-win. What’s one thing you could do today to welcome an other-culture person?